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By Russell Berrisford There exists in the minds of many a soccer fan an accepted stereotype of the typical Scottish football manager; gritty and dour with a passion for the game that reveals itself in a fiery touchline and press room persona. Think of Bill Shankly, Sir Alex Ferguson or even the current Portland Timbers coach John [...]

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Today in the Every Goal series, we look at defenseman Sami Salo and his three goals. Yes, three. You may recall that Salo’s season was severely shortened by a torn achilles tendon he suffered playing floorball in the summer. (Having played floorball, I can tell you that the risk of injury is probably higher playing backgammon, but leave it to Sami Salo to find a way.)

At his age, and considering the severity of his injury, it was downright courageous of Salo to work back into playing shape instead of just calling it a career. Truth is, as frustrated as Canuck nation was with yet another freak Salo injury, he had to be even moreso. While the fans suffer the annoyance of watching Salo injure himself again and again, Salo suffers the slightly higher annoyance of feeling these frequent injuries, and the discouragement that comes with them. That Salo has an entry in this series at all is admirable.

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As the famed soccer pundit Oscar Wilde almost once said; “To lose one manager in a season may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness.” Technically the new man in charge of the Whitecaps, Martin Rennie, won’t begin his tenure until 2012 but just as first impressions count in life so first seasons can [...]

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